Definition of pint in English:

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Pronunciation: /pʌɪnt/
(abbreviation pt)


1A unit of liquid or dry capacity equal to one eighth of a gallon, in Britain equal to 0.568 litre and in the US equal to 0.473 litre (for liquid measure) or 0.551 litre (for dry measure).
Example sentences
  • I still talk about acres, yards, feet and inches; not forgetting gallons and pints and also hundredweights pounds and ounces.
  • The liter and its fractions have vanquished quarts, pints, and gallons, while the pound is still holding its own in things such as produce.
  • The milk is available in gallons, half gallons, quarts and pints.
1.1British informal A pint of beer: we’ll probably go for a pint on the way home
More example sentences
  • Beer drinkers in York today raised a glass to the city's publicans, after it emerged they were getting some of the best-value pints in Britain.
  • Protestations that ‘we've only had four’ rang hollow as we remembered each Stein equals a couple of pints.
  • As afternoon faded into evening, the flow of pints became a gentle flood, noses reddened and smiles stretched closer to each ear.
1.2British A pint of milk: two pints today, please
1.3British A measure of shellfish, the amount containable in a pint mug.
Example sentences
  • Shrimp were first choice, priced by the pint or quart here and by the dozen there, but I threw pilchards or finger mullet when time and tide were right.
  • In Texas, shrimp on the hoof are sold in pints and quarts.


Late Middle English: from Old French pinte, of unknown origin.

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